|Ādi-līlā||Chapter 5: The Glories Of Lord Nityānanda Balarāma|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 5.149
nityānanda-svarūpa pūrve ha-iyā lakṣmaṇa
laghu-bhrātā haiyā kare rāmera sevana
nityānanda-svarūpa — Lord Nityānanda Svarūpa; pūrve — formerly; ha-iyā — becoming; lakṣmaṇa — Lakṣmaṇa, Lord Rāmacandra's younger brother; laghu-bhrātrā haiyā — becoming the younger brother; kare — does; rāmera sevana — service to Lord Rāmacandra.
Lord Nityānanda Svarūpa formerly appeared as Lakṣmaṇa and served Lord Rāmacandra as His younger brother.
Among the sannyāsīs of the Śańkara-sampradāya there are different names for brahmacārīs. Each sannyāsī has some assistants, known as brahmacārīs, who are called by different names according to the names of the sannyāsī. Among such brahmacārīs there are four names: Svarūpa, Ānanda, Prakāśa and Caitanya. Nityānanda Prabhu maintained Himself as a brahmacārī; He never took sannyāsa. As a brahmacārī His name was Nityānanda Svarūpa, and therefore the sannyāsī under whom He was living must have been from the tīrthas or āśramas of the Śańkara-sampradāya, because one of the names for the assistant brahmacārī of such a sannyāsī is Svarūpa.
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